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Police catch man wanted on felony warrants after chase

October 30, 2002|by CANDICE BOSELY

martinsburg@herald-mail.com

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Police pursued a teenage driver for several miles along Interstate 81 Tuesday evening, eventually taking him into custody after his truck ran into a ditch across the Virginia line.

Belcher Grady, also known as Bucky, 18, was wanted on felony warrants in Prince George's County, Md., on charges that included theft over $500. He was wanted in Berkeley County for minor misdemeanor warrants, said Sgt. Tim Catlett of the Martinsburg Police Department.

After Martinsburg officers got a tip that Grady was in the Wal-Mart parking lot, Sgt. Tim Yost and Patrolman Tony Mancine went there and found him sitting as a passenger in a gray pickup truck. A juvenile girl was also present, along with the driver, who Catlett said may also be underage. He declined to release the driver's name until officers confirm his age.

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When police approached the truck, the driver drove toward Yost, who had to get out of the way to avoid being hit, Catlett said.

The driver then drove along Foxcroft Avenue and onto King Street, getting onto Interstate 81 south, 13 miles from the Virginia line.

A Berkeley County deputy and a West Virginia State Police trooper joined the pursuit, which Catlett said did not reach excessive speeds. During the incident, when a dispatcher asked officers how fast they were going, one replied 80 mph. The speed limit on the interstate is 70 mph.

After crossing into Virginia, the truck, for unknown reasons, went into a ditch, Catlett said. The juvenile girl was caught soon afterward, and a Frederick County, Va., K-9 tracked the two men within an hour, Catlett said.

The driver, who is being held in Virginia, will face charges in West Virginia, Catlett said.

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